Last week the Republicans successfully voted to pass the AHCA bill to repeal Obamacare. Many of them didn’t read the bill, and many of them can’t defend it as being a good bill, but they passed it anyway. This is only for the optics of a ‘win’ and getting something done together, regardless of the outcome.

There’s a lot of good reason to be frustrated, angry, sad, or scared about where the Obamacare repeal goes from here. Many of us are calling our representatives, sharing articles or posting on Facebook and are sick and tired of party politics and the potential damage that could come from this repeal.

However, I think it’s important to stop for just a moment and recognize the 20 Republicans that didn’t go with their party.

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Thank you to the above 20 Republicans who did not vote for the American Health Care Act.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not naive. I understand that these withheld votes were simply the least amount of votes that the Republicans could sustain, still passing their bill without putting excess Congress members in the line of fire. Not all, but most of these Congress members are in swing districts, and they understand that voting against this bill will show bi-partisanship and benefit them in the future. I get it.

Regardless, I believe that we still need to take a moment to acknowledge a single moment of breaking from the party. We need to acknowledge a single moment of bi-partisanship. Even if it could be rooted in strategy.  If we are going to emphatically criticize Bruce Poliquin for voting for it, then we need to acknowledge those who didn’t. Consistency is key.

Other than perhaps the Civil War area, we are more polarized in this political moment than most of our country’s history. If it’s even possible at all, the only way to slow that division down is to acknowledge and praise when rare examples are shown countering that partisan divide.


All opinions are my own and not representative of any other organization, company or person other than me. -James

James is resident of Auburn, a member of the Auburn Democrats, the Maine Young Dems, Maine People’s Alliance, and the Communication’s Coordinator of the Androscoggin County Young Dems

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